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Keep Coming to Jesus, Part 2

“Come to… ME.”

When the prophets called for wayward Israel to turn away from her sin and idolatry, it was always in terms of returning to God himself.  Breaking covenant with him was the real crime.  Repairing that covenant was real repentance.  So here Jesus calls people to himself.

The prophets also promised that when Israel did return to the Lord she would be refreshed by his presence.  Whatever pain, sorrow, or trouble they were experiencing because of their sins, the Lord would wash it all away.  He would deliver them from the consequences of their rebellion; heal them of self-inflicted wounds; and revive them from the despondency of distance from God.  The demand for repentance was always coupled with an invitation to revival.

“Ho!  Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and you who have no money come, buy and eatCome, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.  Incline your ear and come to me.  Listen, that you may live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David…” (Isa 55:1-3).

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jer 6:16).

Repentance = Coming to Jesus = Rest = Revival. Pretty cool. See you tomorrow.

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  • David murry January 25, 2016, 2:53 am

    Thank you Robert

    It is encouraging to hear someone else dare to say or write the word “repentance” in proper context… It written at all.

    The American church needs those who are willing to share some tough love to a body that has become filled with wordly compromise.

    If we only knew how much He loves us… We would never have strayed. And once we begin to be taught how to commune with Him in holiness and spirit and truth… We will never stray from our First Love again in this country.
    God bless you brother.

    Humbly
    David

  • Tim Austin January 25, 2016, 3:25 pm

    I’ve come to believe lately that repentance is more about “changing the way you think” rather the simple / classical definition that we were ALL taught in Evangelical circles growning up about “turning from sin”…
    There is also an aspect of GRACE in repentance, where it’s not necessarily only our will accomplishing true repentance, but a significant aspect the grace of God in the mix to accomplish an authentic work.
    Your thoughts?
    Again… good stuff and needed in the BODY today!
    Blessings!

    • Robert Gladstone January 25, 2016, 9:43 pm

      Repentance refers to behavior as much as thinking.

      Thanks for the encouragement, Tim!

    • Joshua January 26, 2016, 4:01 am

      If we truly repent as our mindsets change, won’t our behavior change accordingly?

  • Korey January 25, 2016, 6:07 pm

    We will prevail against the chimp

  • Joshua January 26, 2016, 3:55 am

    The chimp told me to come here, and I’m glad I did! For the record, my wife reads your blogs all the time…

    As far as revival, it sounds to me that the only thing holding us back from it is ourselves… (hence why we don’t make time for things such as simply reading a God inspired blog! ; ) Keep up the daily word, the inspiration, the clever banter, and the battle against the chimpanzee… we WILL be victorious !!